Weekend Getaway: Cape Cod & Boston

M and I are back from a fabulous long weekend away relaxing, drinking and eating our way through Cape Cod and Boston. If you are here just for the recipes, check back tomorrow for a special treat. Otherwise, here’s a recap of how we ate our way across Cape Cod and Boston. Unlike our last weekend getaway when we were able to drive, we decided to fly to Boston and then rent a car to drive down to the Cape. M and I arrived on Cape right around lunch, so we parked the car and walked to Spanky’s on Hyannis Harbor. We enjoyed clam chowder, lobster bisque, stuffed quahogs and a seafood sampler.

Spanky's - Hyannis, Mass. 

After lunch, we headed to a childhood favorite — Pirate’s Cove — for a round of mini golf. I lost. Badly. My MOH, whom we were staying with, was off work at this point, so we headed over to her place to relax for a bit. For dinner, we dined at Sam Diego’s and ended the evening around the fire pit at MOH’s house.

Saturday, after a day of the girls relaxing at the beach and the boys off drinking who knows how much beer, we were treated to a sunset cruise around Barnstable Harbor. If you are visiting the Cape, I highly, highly recommend Barnstable Harbor Ecotours. The scenery is breathtaking and Phil (a former science teacher, bird lover, and naturalist) provides lots of information about the ecology all around Cape Cod. Plus, the boat is booze friendly, so we packed cans of Sophia for our ride.

Barnstable EcoTours

Following dinner, we headed to MOH’s favorite pizza spot — Pizza Barbone. The restaurant has a rooftop garden where they grow much of their produce. We split a few appetizers and each enjoyed a personal size pizza.

Pizza Barbone, Hyannis, MA

Sunday, we headed up to Provincetown to do some sightseeing and have lunch. We dined at WayDownTown. Fantastic bloody marys, great lobster rolls and a view of the ocean. What more could one want?

WayDownTown, Provincetown, MA

That evening, MOH let me take over her kitchen. Since we never get to grill, MOH’s husband threw some burgers on while I cooked up corn and bacon saute and bacon wrapped onion rings. Yes, you read that right: BACON WRAPPED ONION RINGS. I bet you can’t guess what the recipe I have for you tomorrow might be…

Monday, we left the Cape and headed to Boston for a day of exploring. We checked in to The Liberty Hotel in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. The hotel is actually a converted jail; architecturally it was stunning. My one complaint was that a card in the room advertised free mini-manicures on Mondays but when I went to the concierge to inquire, she told me they weren’t starting for another week. Sad trombone.

The Liberty, Boston, MA

We walked to Newbury Street, where we stumbled upon Roost Bistro, a quite sidewalk café with ample people watching. We both ordered the lobster rolls (and a glass of rose, because VACATION). The waitress accidentally rang in lobster salads, but she quickly corrected the mistake. The lobster rolls were delicious and they came with delicious cole slaw and super addicting french fries. We both cleaned our plates. Shockingly, when the check arrived, the manager had removed the cost of the lobster rolls as well as a round of drinks. So sweet, but really unnecessary for such a minor mistake.

Roost Bistro, Boston

After lunch, we explored Newbury Street a bit longer and found a pop-up shop put on by local Etsy artists. I almost brought home a piece of jewelry made entirely out of letterpress letters, but it was a little too industrial for my style.

Newbury Handmade Market, Boston 

We walked back to the hotel through the Public Gardens, and took a nap until our dinner reservation. We grabbed a cab over to Antico Forno in the North End where I enjoyed a baked gnocchi dish (so not on my diet). M had a seafood pasta that was baked in a foil wrapper in the wood fired grill.

Antico Forno, North End, Boston

After dinner, we walked over to Mike’s Pastry and grabbed a cannoli for dessert.

Mike's Pastry, Boston, MA

Our final stop was a night cap at the Alibi Bar in our hotel before heading off to bed for an early AM flight.

Alibi Bar, Boston, MA   


3 Responses to Weekend Getaway: Cape Cod & Boston

  1. […] Yesterday, I teased (okay blurted out in all caps) that I had an awesome bacon wrapped onion ring recipe for you today. Well, here it is! I really should have held it for a Side Dish Sunday, but BACON. If you’re trying to figure out what to bring to a 4th of July cookout next weekend, I’d recommend giving this a shot. It’s easy to prep, but does take a bit of time to cook, so plan accordingly. […]

  2. Debbie says:

    Ate at Antico Forno one of the last times we visited Boston and it was fabulous. Looking forward to trying those bacon wrapped onion rings!

  3. […] a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage – I actually finished this book shortly after my trip to Cape Cod. If you enjoy a fun, easy read, I highly recommend this book. I knocked it out in about 6 hours. […]

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